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Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 8:00 am

Cast, crew and the director agree that the meaning behind Waiting for Godot cannot entirely be agreed upon.

They admit that one of the great things about the production is how the underlying ambiguity lets the viewer interpret the meaning however they see fit.

For those that don't know the story, Waiting for Godot is set in a bleak landscape with two men who are, yes, waiting for someone named Godot. There is no time frame or reference to how long they have been waiting for the unknown man. The play consists of two days, separated into two acts, of their waiting, their discussions, their squabbles and visits by a couple of interesting characters.

On the cover of the first edition English version, written by Samuel Beckett, the play is referred to as a "tragicomedy over two acts," meaning, yes, there is some tragedy, but chances are you may get a laugh or two out of it.

"One of the things that is misunderstood about this show is when people read into it so much they go into the dark, the misery, the deeper meaning, and yes, the show has that," director Corey Quinn said." But in the end it's a tragic comedy, and one of the things that we found out going through it is that it's very funny."

Here is what some of the cast had to say about it:

"It's a play that will leave you thinking," said Matt Pierson, who plays Vladimir.

"No matter what frame of mind you have coming in, you will get something out of it," said Conor McDermott, who plays Estragon.

Mountain Pointe's production of Waiting for Godot is on Oct. 28, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, 4501 E. Knox Road. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.

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